Female MC from the 80’s, Roxanne Shanté, has finally spoken out about the controversy surrounding her supposed “Ph.D.” In August, New York’s Daily News published a story about the former rapper convincing her label, Warner Music Group to pay for her education “for life.” She said she received an undergraduate degree from Marymount Manhattan College and a Ph.D. in psychology from Cornell University. But it was recently exposed that Shanté didn’t have a Ph.D. or any degree at all for that matter. She issued a letter apologizing for her lies. Shanté says:
“I would like to thank my long time fans and supporters for your continued support. I am humbled and grateful to all of you for that. Without going into all of the details as of right now, I would like to apologize that this story regarding my post recording career has caused such a ruckus. The entire story will be revealed at a later time.
Throughout my career and life, I have been faced with many challenges, both professionally and personally. Like all of you, I am human, and may have not made the correct decision all the time. And, like anyone else, I would like to think that my entire life or career is not judged by one error or mistake.
It is very easy to criticize someone and I have left myself open to criticism. That is fair. There are plenty of people that will attest that I have done a lot for them. It seems though, that negativity gets more attention than positivity.
All I can say to that, is before you level any further criticism and cynicism, walk in my shoes. I am making this statement to apologize to the people that truly care about me for any angst that this situation has caused, and to thank them for their continued support. I am proud of what I have been able to do for so many others, and would like to let those persons know that I will continue to be there for them no matter what.
I am proud that during my twenty plus years as a pioneer in the Hip-Hop industry, to have opened doors for those who came after me, such as MC Lyte, Salt N Peppa, and Queen Latifah to name a few. I will have no further statement in regards to this matter at this time.”
So she is apologizing, but isn’t telling us why she made up such a crazy lie…I guess we’ll find out the truth when “the entire story is revealed at a later time.”